Berkeley in the Sixties

1990, Documentary, 1h 57m

7 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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In 1964 the Berkeley campus of the University of California became the seedbed of the nascent antiwar movement when student demonstrations culminated in the mass arrest of hundreds of protesters. Combining newsreel footage with interviews with some of the main figures of the protests, documentary filmmaker Mark Kitchell sheds light on the first, galvanizing stirrings of the Free Speech Movement and its subsequent influence on late-1960s radicalism.

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Jeffery Stephens
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Stephen Lighthill
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Gilbert Johnson
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  • Jun 21, 2012
    The students' rights movement, the anti-war movement, and the resulting riots are romanticized in this documentary. It's hard to watch this film without recognizing what happened to the political energy of the sixties during the eighties. Yuppie and Baby Boomer activists became soccer moms and hockey dads more concerned about soybean futures than what their former nemesis, Reagan, was doing to the country. But the interviewees were carefully chosen: those who continued the plights of their youth are the only ones represented in the film. What is more, the police and university administrators come off as universally deplorable, anti-democratic fascists; the police look more like storm troopers than cops. All this is not to say that I didn't learn anything from the film or that it was bad, but it's certainly an agenda film, and the criticisms of its heroes are limited to not having a complete political agenda - a criticism that is light and venial. Overall, I think this is a film for a specific audience, one that is comprised of people who wish to delight in the sixties no matter how myopic they look at the time.
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